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Making Waves

Written By

Written By: 
Molly Ramsey

Photos By

Photos By: 
Corbin Gurkin
Kick off your wedding weekend like Annie and Davis did, with a stylish supper on the harbor

Annie Smith & Davis Warlick
September 5, 2014
Private Downtown Yacht Club


For Charlotte, North Carolina, natives Annie Smith and Davis Warlick, the Holy City is synonymous with the sea. After all, she grew up enjoying long weekends here aboard her family’s boat, and he spent summers vacationing on Sullivan’s Island. So when the couple got engaged in 2013 (five years after meeting at a friend’s nuptials), they asked planner Tara Guérard Soirée to work a nautical vibe into their wedding weekend here. “To us, the aesthetic goes hand-in-hand with Charleston,” says Annie. While a navy and white palette lent a subtle seafaring feel to the actual wedding, Tara and team worked nautical accents aplenty into the rehearsal dinner held at a private yacht club downtown—from hemp-wrapped vases to oyster shell salt-and-pepper cellars. “We wanted both events to feel cohesive without being repetitive,” says Annie. “So this was perfect.”

Vendor List:

Bridal Accessories: (shoes) Tory Burch, www.ToryBurch.com; (necklace) Holst + Lee, www.HolstAndLee.com

Bridal Attire: Issa, www.IssaLondon.com

Calligrapher: Elizabeth Porcher Jones, www.ElizbethPorcherJones.com

Décor: Tara Guérard Soirée, www.TaraGuerardSoiree.com

Hair: Kristy Cuthbert of Sola Salon Studios, www.SolaSalonStudios.com

Getaway Vehicle: Absolutely Charleston, www.AbsolutelyCharleston.com

Groom’s Attire: (blazer) Tom James, www.TomJames.com; (shoes) Ferragamo, www.Ferragamo.com

Makeup: Kori Mahoney of Cos Bar, www.CosBar.com

Photographer: Corbin Gurkin, www.CorbinGurkin.com

Rehearsal Dinner & Floral Design & Coordination: Tara Guérard Soirée, www.TaraGuerardSoiree.com

Rentals: Snyder Events, www.SnyderEvents.com

Stationery & Signage: Lettered Olive, www.LetteredOlive.com

Venue, Catering, Bar Service, & Baker: Private Downtown Yacht Club

Videographer: Siegel Films, www.SiegelFilms.com